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Recycling Pee Could Save The World

From Chelsea Wald writing for nature


Starting in 2021, a team of researchers began collaborating with a local company that rents out portable toilets. The goal is to collect more than 70,000 litres of urine over 3 years from waterless urinals and specialized toilets at several locations during the booming summer tourist season.Using a process that the researchers developed, they are drying the urine into concrete-like chunks that they hammer into a powder and press into fertilizer pellets that fit into standard farming equipment. A local farmer uses the fertilizer to grow barley that will go to a brewery to make ale — which, after consumption, could enter the cycle all over again. The researchers aim to take urine reuse “beyond concept and into practice” on a large scale. The ambition is that everyone, everywhere, does this practice.


Read the full article at nature